Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother

Book, 2016, 263 pp
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Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family's life on the snowy plains of Ontario. The mother of four young children and wife of a storekeeper, Jantzi writes about her daily routines and heartfelt faith with equal measures of wit and warmth. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and helping to manage the store take up most hours in her day, but Jantzi finds time to pen columns for the Connection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers across the United States and Canada. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of motherhood, Jantzi tells it like it is, broken washing machine and bickering children and all. But through her busy days, Jantzi finds strength in simple pleasures of family, fellowship with her Amish community, and quiet time with God.

Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes A Day in the Life of the Author and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish and Mennonites.

The Plainspoken series of real-life stories of Amish and Mennonites includes Chasing the Amish Dream: My Life as a Young Amish Bachelor by Loren Beachy, Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order by Marlene Miller, and Hutterite Diaries: Wisdom from My Prairie Community by Linda Maendel, as well as forthcoming titles.

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